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London - Gordon Ramsay

Jay H Oct 26, 2008 04:09 AM

I am visiting London next week, and my friend who is living there just informed me she was unable to secure a reservation for Gordon Ramsay-RHR (which I requested so long ago!). She did make reservations at Tom Aikens, but I was so looking forward to experiencing a GR restaurant. It sounds like the others are not up to par with GR-RHR. Should I dine at one of his other establishments, or if I can't dine at the best, don't bother at all?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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  1. zuriga1 RE: Jay H Oct 26, 2008 07:45 AM

    We ate at Maze last Thursday night. I think the small portion/grazing idea is not for everyone, but our party of 3 enjoyed all the dishes, not to mention the wonderful service. The menu is easy to see on the website. I'm not a huge eater (contrary to public opinion), so this type of meal was great for me.

    My husband liked the idea of returning to the Maze Grill next door for a more substantial meal, and I'm sure we will. If you do go to Maze, I'd suggest asking for a table (if possible) as far from the bar as possible. We had an early booking and the noise emanating from that area was loud!


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      peelmeagrape RE: Jay H Oct 26, 2008 07:59 AM

      I can't speak to the issue of quality at the various Gordon Ramsey restaurants, but if you're going to be here for more than one night, I'd advise you to keep your booking at Tom Aikens. I absolutely loved the dinner I had there a couple of months ago.

      1. food.snob RE: Jay H Oct 26, 2008 08:37 AM

        Regarding Tom Aikens, his financial troubles have now been much publicised and I have even read of dishes being served with less garnishes and embellishments. However, this could just be gossip.

        Food Snob

        1. Withnail42 RE: Jay H Oct 26, 2008 12:33 PM

          Went to Aikens a few years ago. No one at our table (eight) was overly impressed or has since been back. Dishes were overly complex. A case of more is less.

          Aikens and Ramsay RHR are nothing alike. RHR was a truly memorable meal. Looking forward to it, unlike Aikens.

          Perhaps you should try Marcus Wareing's new place. The old Petrus. Same team different name.

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            food.snob RE: Withnail42 Oct 26, 2008 04:09 PM

            I ought to have mentioned earlier, I have dined at Tom Aikens, about 18mths ago, but really cannot remember anything from the meal, but a mango ravioli dessert, which to be fair, was delicious.
            I would say Tom Aiken's cooking is more creative, full of flourish and complex with a lot of emphasis is on presentation, whilst Ramsay is more traditional. At RHR you can probably count on a good experience more than at TA.

            Re. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley: I dined there a couple of weeks ago and thought it was decent, but not impressive. There were some very good dishes, but many average ones too. I also had issues with the service.
            You can read about it in more detail here: http://foodsnobblog.wordpress.com/200...

            Food Snob

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            monkeytennis RE: Jay H Oct 27, 2008 05:50 AM

            Objectively, I'd have to say that Maze is the best Ramsay place outside of RHR. But I have a special place in my heart for Claridge's :)

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              Withnail42 RE: monkeytennis Oct 27, 2008 06:31 AM

              Never been to Claridges (I hope to soon,) I figured it was the little brother to RHR. Good but not quite at the same level. I am sorry to have missed his place at the Caunught(sp) with Angela Hartnet.

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                PhilD RE: Withnail42 Oct 27, 2008 08:20 AM

                Angela Hartnet opened Murano recently for Ramsay. Reports say it is good.

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              Jay H RE: Jay H Dec 7, 2008 10:56 PM

              Thanks for your suggestions. We had a reservation to Maze, but wasn't able to make it. We did dine at Tom Aikens and neither of us were impressed. Dessert was the highlight of the meal.

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